We run Interviewer Skills Workshops and run Interviewer Skills Coaching days to get the Interviewers learning “in the muscle”. We’ve interviewed lots of people over the years and seen lots of interviewers do their new stuff. You will I’m sure not be surprised that we’ve seen candidates come prepared to fail.
As a way of getting you to prepare and get the job of your dreams the Rainmaker team came up with our top 10 examples.
In the first blog we shared 3 and in this blog I’m going to share my second 3 things we’ve seen go wrong (and in another blog the last 4)
1. I hated my old boss
Don’t fall into the trap of bad mouthing past bosses or colleagues, even if they were the worst individuals on the planet.
If you left under a compromise agreement and have to talk about old bosses, then talk about all of the bosses you did like.
Then maybe a little about why you and your boss didn’t work out from both points of view.
You should mention that you tried your best but couldn’t work it out.
Do not bad mouth your old boss!
Then change the topic with a question about your new potential bosses management style!
2. Norwegian Blues don’t get jobs
It’s vital that you practice and rehearse how you answer the standard questions that your coach will equip you with…
Never come across like you are reading from an autocue or like Polly from the Monty Python Parrot sketch (although come to think of it Polly was an ex Parrot) .
You should be able to tailor your answers to ensure that you are answering with examples relevant to the job in hand
3. Answer the ACTUAL question
Listen carefully to the question.
There will be a specific example of a skill or capability that the interviewer will be trying to draw out.
You should have a story prepared that demonstrates your competency.
We find the STAR format works for stories.
What was the Situation?
What was the Task in hand?
What Action did you take?
What Results did you achieve?
Practice your stories and you should answer the question well
4. Watch and use your body language
Your interviewer will be allive to your language from the moment you arrive to when you leave.
You need to impress and to sell yourself.
Watch the Amy Cuddy Body Language video on TED
Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, not a limp handshake that suggests a weak character.
Smile and make eye contact.
Remember you cannot NOT Communicate… Yes please read that again.